This press release from Barnet Council explains a lot

Finchley Carnival goes with a bang

Barnet Council is all set to help Finchley Carnival go with a bang this weekend.

The popular carnival, which has been running for more than 100 years, will feature a funfair and run from Thursday 7th July to Sunday 10th July at Victoria Park, Finchley.

The Carnival’s highlight will come on Saturday night with a spectacular free firework display for residents paid for by the Council with proceeds from the funfair.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, will set off the first firework for the display from 9.30pm.

Councillor Brian Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am delighted that Barnet Council has been able to keep the traditions of the Carnival going and include a firework display which so many people have enjoyed over the years.

“I hope that next year we can restore many of the other traditional features of the Carnival which our residents have looked forward to so much in the past.”

The editor comments

The Finchley Festival committee were trying to turn the festival away from the idea of a carnival which tended to attract the wrong sort of people to the festivities, but a certain member of the council – no names-no pack drill as they say – told me that he didn’t approve of dispensing with the carnival. I understand that the owners of the fun-fair pay many thousands of pounds to hold their fair in Victoria Park so I guess, sadly, it was really all about money.

I did feel the council was very mean to wait until the Festival Committee had put in hours and hours of their time and probably a lot of money as well, before putting up the rent for Victorial Park from around £145 to many thousands of pounds.

I do understand the need to make the best of the Council’s resources but can’t help feeling that a little forethought and a little compassion wouldn’t have gone amiss.

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July events and the July Editorial are now published

The events have moved temporarily, but there is a link for you on the 3-Events page above.


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An evening of ‘trad’ at The Finchley Jazz Club – just a little East of Avenue House.

Live Jazz in Finchley
by Pam Taylor

Photo of Jazz evening

At the Finchley Jazz Club

Even though it was pouring with rain, it didn’t deter about 40 people from virtually filling the Wilf Slack Cricket Ground Pavilion at 19 East End Road, N3.

We didn’t like to over-stay our “press pass” welcome so we left as soon as we took our photographs and notes, but what we did hear we thoroughly enjoyed and will certainly return soon. The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming but then most people who love jazz are.

The Finchley Jazz Club was formed in 1999 and meets every other Monday in the Wilf Slack Cricket Pavilion in East End Road, N3 at 8.15pm. (Future dates: July 14, 18, August 1, 15, 29, September 12, 26, October 10 24, November 7, 21, December 5 and 19). The style is really mainstream/traditional jazz. The entry cost is only £7 per person for two and a half hours of professional jazz entertainment. There is no bar at the club but customers can bring their own alcohol and there are soft drinks and crisps for sale at the door. It really is one of the great jazz sessions in the area. Full dates and other information can be found on their website at finchleyjazz.co.uk

The regular rhythm section consists of Malcolm Harrison on guitar (Malcolm plays regularly at The Lamb and Flag pub in Covent Garden and is very popular) and John Bayne on double bass and bass sax. John runs the club, also plays with Bix ‘n’ Pieces as well as the Armstrong Oliver Band and plays all the saxes, clarinet, tuba and many others. He also plays the bagpipes but they don’t seem to fit in with the jazz somehow so our readers may relax!

A different front line each session gives a continuous fresh feel to the entertainment.

The June 20th front line consisted of Peter Rudeforth on trumpet (Peter is a lead trumpet player with the Big Chris Barber Band), John Crocker on clarinet and tenor sax (John was with Chris Barber for over 20 years) and Keith Nichols on keyboard (Keith is multi-talented, playing keyboard, trombone, reeds and accordion. He has played with many famous names such as Bing Crosby, Harry Gould, Pasadena Roof Orchestra and has a few bands of his own).

The July 4th session will be different from the norm, consisting of John Cherry on guitar and banjo because Malcolm is on holiday; Tony Blackburn on drums (bet that surprised you); Trevor Evans on double bass and a double act consisting of John Bayne and John Ellmer who will both be bringing all the saxes, clarinets and scrap metal they can fit in their cars!!

Each session consists of five musicians but occasionally there is a special evening. The next special one will be on July 18th when Bob Dwyer’s Bix ‘n’ Pieces seven-piece band will entertain. A truly exceptional event.

So why don’t you give it a try? We will!

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The Emmanual Wind Quintet at a free concert at St Mary-at-Finchley last Saturday

Chamber Music Concert at St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church by Pam Taylor

We spent an enjoyable early Saturday evening at a concert given by the very talented Emmanuel Wind Quintet. This was in aid of the church organ restoration fund which has now reached £123,500, but more needs to be raised to cover the VAT. Reliance was put on the honesty of the audience as there wasn’t an admission charge for the concert or the wine and other refreshments afterwards.

Photo of the audience

There were about 80 people in the audience and we enjoyed a very varied programme which started with five Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) by Bizet. These were followed by Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in Eb Major, three songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler followed by the Quintent’s favourite : Kleine Kammermusic (Little Chamber Music) by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) which consisted of 5 compositions.

At the end, after much enthusiastic applause, the Quintet surprised us by returning to play some good jazz entitled “The Roaring 20s” arranged by Paul Nagle which included Tootsie Tootsie Goodbye and Making Whoopee to name but two.

The evening closed with some drinks and nibbles which gave us a chance to socialise, meet people to talk about the wonderful concert and to network..

Photo of Alex Edmundson

Alex Edmundsun, the horn player announced each set of pieces and there was a detailed programme supplied by Alison Smart, St Mary’s Director of Music who also introduced the quintet.

Photo of the quintet In the order of the above photograph were

David Ruff is from Bournemouth and started playing the flute at the age of eight. He studied with a full scholarship at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and is now studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ian Clark, as well as jazz flute and saxophone with Martin Hathaway. David is currently principal flautist in the National Jazz Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Aisling Maguire studied oboe from the age of 12 at the Junior Guildhall School and currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Gordon Hunt and Alison Teale. She has won various competitions as a soloist, including BBC Radio London’s Young Musician Competition, the North London Music Festival Recital Prize and Premier Challenge Cup

Alex Edmundson comes from a musical family in Lythan St Anns, Lancs. Having previously studied at Chethams School of Music with Richard Watkins, he is now continuing his studies at the Guildhall with Jeffrey Bryant. He is an experienced orchestral musician; engagements have included frequent work with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and a recent appointment as Principal Horn of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. He was twice a Brass Section Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition.

Tom Corin is from St Ives in Cornwall and is studying bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His interest in orchestral playing has led to work within the Guildhall School’s many ensembles and also outside with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, European Union Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra.

Max Mausen was born in Luxembourg and took up the clarinet at the age of seven. He studied with Marcel Lallemang at the Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg and became a member of the Luxembourg Clarinet Choir, with whom he regularly performs as a soloist. He is currently studying with Julian Farrell at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


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The Barnet Junior Citizens scheme at Avenue house for a month has 2,500 children attending

The Barnet Junior Citizens scheme is in full swing again with nearly two and a half thousand children learning how to stay safe at home, at school and out and about. 

The Barnet Junior Citizens scheme is in full swing again with nearly two and a half thousand children learning how to stay safe at home, at school and out and about.

The four week long event, lead by Barnet Police, held at Avenue House on East End Road started on Monday June 6 and runs until Friday July 1, 2011 and 52 primary schools from the borough have confirmed their attendance. 

 Approximately 2500 Year 6 pupils will take part in several scenarios revolving around personal safety including:

  • how to prevent fires in the home, and what to do when discovering a fire 
  • basic first aid, 
  • stranger danger 
  • use of public transport, buses and underground 
  • taking down details as a witness 
  • correct use of crossings  

The sessions are finished off with an interactive play presented by Jigsaw Art in which the pupils get a chance to ask three characters about why they carry a knife in the given scenario, and they learn about the repercussions of carrying offensive weapons.

Barnet Councillor Joanna Tambourides , cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said: ““It was such a varied, action-packed day for the kids, with lots of different things to learn about, and a few surprises along the way too.  

“It certainly made them think about how to keep themselves safe at home, at school, in the street and on public transport. I  even learned quite a few new things too!”   

Safer Schools Sergeant Andy Taylor said: “In this day and age it is vital that children learn how to stay safe at home, travelling to and from school and when out alone or with friends”.

“Barnet Police join with our colleagues from the London Fire Service, London Ambulance Service and Transport for London to deliver our safety messages to the children and this year we have been joined by Amey who are delivering the safety message around the correct way in which to use crossings at the roadside

“We make all the scenarios as interactive as possible so that the information provides them with the skills and confidence to keep themselves and others safe and from speaking to older children in Secondary Schools and even those who have left school, who did attend Junior Citizen it always seems that they do remember their day at Avenue House.”

Charity Concert For Japan Earthquake appeal


Columnist - Ron Smith

By Ron Smith our cultural correspondent
Photos by Chris Hurwitz Bremner

Trinity Church (Nether Street – near Tally Ho) was the perfect venue for this final charity concert in aid of Diabetes UK, held on Saturday 28th May. Eighty Finchleans enjoyed a wonderful evening of superb music and song which was performed by truly gifted and accomplished young talent, too many to mention, who delighted us with their skilful performances on a variety of instruments

The programme included pieces of Classical music by ten of the Youngsters which included a very mature performance on the Cello by Anoushka Sharp, and a brilliant performance of Chopin  Etude No 4 in C sharp minor (piano) by Tiffany Cheng.

Concert photo

The Adults performed Classical and Pop including Japanese songs by Apparei with Hideaki Domon on guitar, and Norikazu Saruyama (vocal), whilst Kofi Karikari gave a powerful exhibition of Percussion instruments and wonderful rhythm.

The evening ended after three hours with all the performers and the audience singing “HEY JUDE” by the Beatles.

A vote of thanks was made to Chris Hurwitz Bremmner at Trinity Church for the use of it, and his great support and help in organising the events over the month.

Concert photo

Thanks were also given to Maki Asano who organised the show with help from Shino and many other helper. Entrance was only £5 and the event raised £400.

The donations will be sent to the children’s music group in Kesennuma in Miyagi, Japan to buy new instruments to replace the ones destroyed and lost in the Tsunami and Earthquake.

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As Tennessee Ernie Ford once sung: “Another month older and deeper in work”

Or was it “Another day older and deeper in debt”? No matter as what I am trying to say is, it is the end of May and I have just posted June’s editorial to 1 Editorial which you can find right at the top of the page. Whilst I am in “reminder” mode, remeber, I posted the June events a few days ago at 3 Events, also along the top of this page.

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